Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hello Everyone!

I'm soooooooooo sorry it has taken me forever to update my blog. Today was the first day I could set up the wireless connection on my laptop and luckily the internet connection is much faster here than on the communal computers. I had planned on posting pictures today, but of course I forgot my aside from failing miserably as a blogger, nothing new has happened since I sent out my last email (which I hope everyone received). I am in Belmopan right now waiting for my Spanish class to start, but I'll try to write as much as possible before people start coming in.

So much has happened, I don't even know where to start. Overall, training is going well. It's been challenging at times, but I feel that I'm getting a lot out of it. We train Monday through Saturday, often from from 9am-5pm, with only an hour for lunch in the middle. It has been incredibly hot, which makes sitting in a small classroom not so fun. By far, the best part has been living with my host family. They have taught me so much about the language, food, culture, and customs of Belizean mestizos. I also found out that Armenia village is one of 12 villages that was allotted by the Belizean government as a refugee village for people fleeing the war in El Salvador and Guatemala. But aside from Spanish-speakers, our village is also comprised of people of Mayan decent, who speak Mopan, Yucatec, and Kekchi (all different dialects), and practically everybody here speaks Kriol. I could spend hours talking about how incredibly diverse Belize is, but I will save that for a later post.

Anyways, class is about to start and is super short, but I promise I'll have lots to talk about next time (and will post pictures!). I'd don't think I'll be able to write for awhile because from Friday to Monday all of the trainees are staying at homes of different PCVs around the country so we can get an idea of what life will be like once we are placed at our sites.

Thank you for all of your emails and letters, you have no idea how much it means to me :)